Mies, Gerrit, Frank, Jean, Rem—do you know who I’m talking about? If you do, you might be an architect, or a designer, or you might just be keen on modern architecture. Or, if you would like a crash course on the most important architects and homes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, you could read Didier Cornille’s book ‘Who Built That? Modern Houses’ (Where was this book when I started architecture school?) Throw it into the daily bedtime reading if you want your child to be the next Mies, Gerrit, Frank, Jean or Rem (or if you want to up the level from Lego). The friendly ink-pen drawings breaks down the idea of each house into easy-to-digest information. And ain’t it loads cool the author has included The Bordeaux House by Rem Koolhas—Rem, my friend, is the creator of the twisty, glassy, webby China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters building in Beijing, if you would like to know.
Featured are The Schröder House by Gerrit Rietveld, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier, , Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Eames House by Charles and Ray Eames, The Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe, The House for Better Days by Jean Prouvé, the Gehry Residence by Frank Gehry, The Cardboard House by Shigeru Ban, The Bordeaux House by Rem Koolhaas, The Straw House by Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till.
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